Whittni Orton is a runner on the Brigham Young University women’s track team. In March 2018, she earned All-American honors by placing seventh in the mile at the NCAA indoor championships. With stress fractures, she was almost redshirted for the outdoor season, but she came back and ran the 1500-meters in 4:14.41 in the 2018 NCAA West Regional track meet to finish eighth and qualify for nationals. As of the end of January 2019, she holds two BYU records, the distance medley race (10:56.61; she ran the first leg of 1200 meters) and the indoor mile (4:38.88). In November 2019, the BYU women’s cross country team won the NCAA Mountain Region Championship.
Whittni is from Panguitch, Utah. Before going to BYU, she participated in high school sports. She was a four-time 1A individual cross country state champion, a 1A cross country state record holder, and a four-time individual state champion in the 3200-meters, the 1600-meters, and the 800-meters. She was also a three-time basketball state champion and a two-time volleyball state champion. She was named Utah’s 2016 Female Athlete of the Year.
She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.